Previous Capstone Topics Chosen by Preservation Students

In the Architectural Preservation program at Temple, students choose a final project that requires extensive research, documentation, writing, and knowledge of proper preservation techniques. In the past, students have done a wide range of projects that cover all different areas of thinking as a preservationist. Some examples include examining structures within the Philadelphia area for potentional adaptive re-use, writing nominations to be added to the Philadelphia or National Register of Historic Places, and even documentation of buildings to be added to historical databases.

Below is a list of specific topics students have worked on for their final project:

- Dreuding Factory, Philadelphia

- Ohio House, 1876 Expo, Philadelphia

- Mt. Sanai Hospital, Philadelphia Nomination

- Ascension Church, Philadelphia

- Kishacoquilas Park, Mifflin County

- Nanticoke Main Street

- St Paul. Mission Church, Montgomery County

- Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia

- The Blue Horizon, Broad Street. Philadelphia - Successful Nomination to the Philadelphia Register

- Elfreth’s Alley, Philadelphia

- Love Park, Philadelphia

- Lower Swedish Cabin, Philadelphia

- Wagner Institute and the growth of North Philadelphia

- Esherick House: windows and light

- Cornog Log House, Bryn Mawr

- Cliveden kitchens

- Adaptive re-use: Union Station,DC, Grand Central Station, NY, Gare Saint Lazare, Paris

- Grey Towers Castle, Arcadia University

- The Boyd Theater and 20 th C Theaters in Philadelphia

- Langhorne town center

- Newton Union High School, Haddon Twp. NJ - HABS drawings completed

- Historic train stations, SEPTA Regional lines

- Bond House, Philadelphia - HABS drawings completed

- Conoway Stable, Philadelphia

- Uptown Theater, Broad Street, Philadelphia

- Delaware Power Station, Philadelphia - Successful Nomination to the Philadelphia Register

- North Broad Street Mansions, Philadelphia

- Reading Pagoda

- Packard Grande Building, Philadelphia

- Philadelphia and Reading Railroad: Terminal and Train Shed

- The Philadelphia Public School: Analysis of the Art Deco Style

- Urban Landscapes: Fairmount Park

- African American Churches and Historic Events


There are many topics a student can choose from, but it comes down to one important question: how will your research and hard work showcase to others the importance of preservation?